April Showers deserve to be celebrated
"April showers may bring May flowers" is a familiar English expression, but few people realize that it originated from a 16th century English farmer and poet, Thomas Tusser. April Showers refers to the spring rains and downpours experienced in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This is due to the position of the jet stream, the fast flowing air currents in the atmostphere, which moves Northward in early Spring, allowing large depressions to bring torrential rains and blusterry winds from the Atlantic. April showers can trigger changes to the landscape at a moment's notice from springtime sunshine to wintery sleet and snow.
This is a tribute to April Showers and the many surprises Mother Nature brings.
Celebrate the rain.
April 22 is April Showers Day even if it rains most of the month.
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April Showers nightlight bring smiles to a dreary day
This adorable nightlight with a kid in a yellow raincoat and blue umbrella and matching boots will bring instant sunshine to any room.
April showers do bring May flowers - Showy, fragrant and bursting with colors in our gardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Origin of the Rhyme - "Sweet April showers do spring May flowers."
- April Showers Bring May Flowers - Discussing the Rhyme | Feelings and Flowers
April Showers Bring May Flowers - Origins of the Rhyme "April showers bring May flowers." We've all heard this rhyme at some point, usually having
- History of Horticulture - Tusser, Thomas 1524-1580
A brief history of major figures in the history of horticulture developed from an outline that was distributed to students in Ohio State University Professor Freeman S. Howlett's course titled "The History and Literature of Horticulture: From Earlies
- Al Jolson - April Showers Lyrics
April Showers Lyrics - Life is not a highway strewn with flowers, Still it holds a goodly share of bliss, When the sun gives way to April showers, Here's a...
Cherry blossom petals are sprinkled all over the garden after an April shower.
It isn't really raining rain, it's raining pink cherry blossoms.
April Rain Song
"Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain."
- Langston Hughes, 1902-1967
April Showers bring music to one's ears - Sit back, relax, and enjoy
Music written for Spring soothes and calms the nerves and transports the imagination to fields bursting with wildflowers, babbling brooks, the rush of rainwater, and thunderclaps.
The song 'April Showers" says it all. - A wonderful video for all to experience
"April Showers" was performed by Al Jolson in 1921 in the Broadway musical Bombo. It has become his well-known trademark and recorded by many artists like, Judy Garland, Mel Torme, and others.
This song by Al Jolson always welcomes April when it comes along.
Practical ways to collect rainwater - Raindrops turn into musical notes during a rainy day
Rain chains ('kusari doi' in Japanese) have been used for hundreds of years in Japan to collect water from the roof of homes and transporting the rain water into large barrels for household water usage. Japanese temples often incorporate ornate and large rain chains into their design.
The tulip rain chain looks great and works great. Listen to the tinkling of water trickling down the tulip cups during a downpour. It is music to one's ears and brightens the day.
For the Do-it-yourselfers
Make your own rain chain. Here's how.
Yesteryears posters about April Showers
Nostalgia never goes out of style. These posters bring back sweet memories of April Showers---a gentleman's chivalry, a gardener's paradise of blooming flowers, the fresh smell of rain.
C1950 Nursery Rhyme April Showers Elsie Birds Flowers
Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730/April, Art Poster by Robert Furber
Let it rain....
"For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rainy Days & Saturdays
Rainy Day Activity Book
Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever
Keep the puddle jumpers happy and dry
Kids look at puddles differently as they venture out on a rainy day.These rain gears will keep them dry and warm with lots of pockets to keep their little treasures.
What little boy will not love wearing this red-hot raincoat with a Disney character from the movie Cars.
Falling from the sky;
Here is my umbrella
To keep me safe and dry!
When the rain is over,
And the sun begins to glow,
Little flowers start to bud,
And grow and grow and grow!
Best Books to Read for a Rainy Day
Entertainment at its best for the little ones
The colorful watercolor illustrations and easy storytelling style in "April Showers" of playful dancing silly frogs will keep pre-schoolers mesmerized. The little ones will join in the playful romp and leap, twirl, and fool around.
"The Umbrella" follows little Carlos in a lush Costa Rican rainforest where he climbed a tree so he can see wild animals better. Instead the wild animals piled on top of his banana umbrella until it was overcrowded and weighted down. Then a little hummingbird came and toppled the umbrella.
Rain Rain Rivers
"Rain Rain Rivers" is a gorgeous rainy day picture story book that shows how the pitter-patter of rain on the roof and window panes made a little girls imagine streaming rivers, swelling oceans, puddles to play in with reflections of the skies.
Under Umbrella Mini Poster Print, 16x20
Raindrops are such funny things.
They haven't feet or haven't wings.
Yet they sail through the air,
With the greatest of ease,
And dance on the street,
Wherever they please.
Cheery umbrellas to keep heads dry - Even the rain cannot stop onlookers from smiling
Tufts of fluffy clouds atop a sky-blue umbrella will shoo the rain away.
Let this smiling green frog umbrella turn heads on a rainy day.
Everyone loves ladybugs. So why not walk around when it's raining with this adorable umbrella.
Slip On Your Raincoat
Slip on your raincoat,
Pull on your galoshes;
Wading in puddles
Makes splishes and sploshes.
Bambi - April Shower
Think about this song when the sky is cloudy, when the rain goes pitter patter, and the raindrops become music to your ears.